2018

Love, Simon

MPW-122212

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FILM INFO

Love, Simon is a story of a seventeen-year old guy who has yet to tell his family or friendsĀ  that he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. The movie is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. This is directed by Greg Berlanti under 20th Century Fox.

Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Duhamel, Logan Miller, Jorge Lendeborg, Tony Hale, Jennifer Garner, Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Colton Haynes & Joey Pollari

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Love, Simon has every formula to be a wonderful coming-of-age film that benefits mostly from its light-hearted plot and humor that is scattered into proportional amounts all throughout the movie. This is a Gay Film to be direct but as the story progresses, the movie will open your eyes to different topics about Family, Friends, Choices in life and somehow talks about life in a whole new perspective. This is a conservative Gay movie that need not to be offensive because of some obscene visuals but rather a film that will capture your hearts and emotions from effective character development and charming characters. With regards to Love, Simon’s plot, it is just simple. Simon has a huge ass secret and he is so afraid to come out. He met a mysterious person online undergoing the same dilemma. The beautiful love story started from that point. What I like about the movie is the simplicity of its approach to showcase a typical teenager in a school setting, surrounded with friends and challenged with various circumstances that will test his identity and preference. The Cinematography is good. Musical Scoring was on point. Scenes need not to be complicated to be funny and heartwarming because it comes out naturally from beginning to end. I really loved Nick Robinson here. He was impressive. His acting skill was the film’s major strength. He was so effective in portraying a confused teenager and you as audience can almost feel that he is always holding hid breath as if it will explode any moment. You can almost feel his apprehensions. With that, he was effective as an actor. Other contrast of the characters were also a good move to add spice in the movie. Love, Simon is like a rhythm of the falling rain that has one direction and is consistent with its premise. The build up of the mystery from Simon’s love interest up to the film’s conflict, the director was able to pull-off a good job with the whole execution. The conflict materials was on point. The resolution of the movie also gave justice to the build-up the story demands. Overall, Love, Simon is of the best and most conservative Gay movies I have seen in Hollywood. I highly recommend this movie to everyone.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, I was hoping for a longer frame for Nick Robinson/s topless scenes. LOL!

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2016

Die Beautiful

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Die Beautiful is a celebration of love and respect more than it is a film as it gave justice to the struggles and colorful lives of Transgenders and members of the LGBT as a whole. The movie is indeed heartwarming and inspiring as it focused on the realistic side that is generally relatable. I loved how the Director arranged the sequences and the moral lesson it is trying to impart to all of us. It may not be as wholesome as it should be for younger audiences but Die Beautiful will surely touch your heart and will tickle your emotions with striking scenes and engaging conversations. Well, the film’s major win is Paolo Ballesteros himself. I am just proud of what Paolo has achieved especially in acting. He is just a superstar in the making. I can’t point out any negative aspects of the film since even with absence of musical scoring on most scenes, the film was able to capture the emotions of both its actors & its audience. 5/5 stars.

2016

Working Beks

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Working Beks is indeed one of Viva Films’ sensible films to date. I loved the film. Perhaps, the best reality-based Pinoy film about Gays ever made. Loved the variety of the 5 gays in the movie that became mirrors of what the world is all about in our own eyes. The film is a celebration of love and respect. I admire how the director was able to put into pieces the five different stories into one powerful and inspiring piece. Scenes are simple. Lines and scenarios are pretty much relatable as well. The conflicts shown in the film were also very realistic and an eye-opener thing. From the issue of AIDS, discrimination and being true to ourselves, Working Best was able to hit those spots with maturity and even right amount of comedy. Acting-wise, I am pretty impressed with TJ Trinidad, EA Guzman & Prince Stefan on this one. The addition of John Lapus & Joey Paras added light feels as well. I just find the ending to be a bit off. The director did not how to end the film. The ending should have been better for me. Despite a very hanging ending, I still loved the whole film. Giving it 4/5 stars.